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Wises 1912 Directory to Every Place in New Zealand I


IANTHE LAKE, South Westfand.
IDABURN, Otago. See Rough Ridge.
IDA VALLEY. 106 miles north by rail from Dunedin: in Central Otago. Here there are 20,000 acres of good agricultural land, 20 miles long by five to eight miles wide, to be still opened up. Ida Valley derived its name from the mountain in the vicinity. Chief industry is sheep farming, and the district is noted for fat lamb raising. Sluicing and dredging is also carried on. The 20,000 acres is under survey, and is to be thrown open for closer settle­ment. Railway station is 1435ft above sea level. Plenty of good fishing and shooting to be had. Post and telephone office.
IHAKA. A hill near Pahiatua.
IHITU. Point near French Farm, Akaroa.
IHUKOI, Wellington. 87 m north from Wellington. Rail to Masterton, thence mail cart 18 miles (Wednesday and Saturday. 3s). Post office. Nearest doctor and telegraph, Masterton.
IHUMATA. Settlement on Manukau Harbour.
IHUMATAO. See Mangere.
IHURAUA, Wellington. 94 in from Wellington. Rail to Eketahuna, then by coach 12 miles, “Ihurua" is said to mean "No place." Creamery. Nearest doctor at Eketahuna. Post and telephone office.
IHURAUA. Stream rising in Wangaihu Valley and flowing to­wards Alfredton.
IKAMATUA, Westland. A railway station 34 miles north from Greymouth, on Grey River. Stopping place for Blackwater. Good trout fishing. Mining. Post and telephone office.
IKAWAI, Canterbury. Post and telephone office. Rail to Glenavy, thence 11 miles. Good fishing. Name means "Fish River." On Waitaki River, and has one hotel. Nearest doctor at Waimate, 16 m.
IKURANGI COVE. See Piraki. .
INAHA, Taranaki. 67 miles north-west from Wanganui. Rail to Hawera. thence daily coach 7 miles (fare, 2s 6d). Dairy factory on the Inaha River, about 2 miles from the sea coast. Good trout fishing in the Inaha and Kapuni Rivers. Hare and pheasant shooting. In Hawera County. Post office & telephone. Nearest doctor, Manaia. 3 miles.
INAKI. Tributary of Maungakarere River. Wairarapa.
INANGAHUA. County in Nelson district. Chief town, Reefton.
INANGAHUA JUNCTION, Nelson. The junction of the Grey-mouth and Nelson coach route from Westport. Coach connects with Westport daily (27 miles); fare. 20s. Southward from here is Inangahua Valley—all cultivated bush land. There are two gold dredges working here, each employing some half dozen men. Three hotels, no private board. Excellent" cycle road. Is on the junction of Inangahua and Buller Rivers; hence its name, given in 1853 by Mr Hugh Taylor. "Inangahua" means "Plenty whitebait." Telegraph, post, and money order office. Nearest doctor at Reefton, 20 m.
INANGAHUA LANDING. Until lately a ferry on Buller road. Westport: but a bridge has now been built. Telegraph office.
INANGAHUA RIVER. Large river on which town of Reefton is situated.
INCHBONNIE, Westland. A railway siding 37 miles from Greymouth, on the Greymouth-Jackson Iine. A farming and grazing district. Sawmills are helping to steadily develop the district. Good shooting and fishing. Post office. Nearest telegraph Jacksons, 3 m. Named by T. H: Bruce. an early settler (a Scotchman) from its beauty, and after a place in Scotland. Nearest doctor at Kumara, 28 miles.
INCH-CLUTHA, Otago. Is 57 miles south-west from Dunedin ; by rail to Stirling, thence five miles. This place is locally known as " The Island." as it is surrounded by the River Molyneux, which is also known as the Clutha River, and is in Bruce County. The land on the island is considered to be of the best quality and capable of growing very good crops. This place, however, is in danger of being Hooded by the river at times, but steps are being taken to provide against this. There is a creamery of the Taieri Co. (Ltd.) on it. Kaitangata is 2 ½ miles off. and a bridge is between it and the island Has a post office, but the nearest telegraph office is at Kaitangata, where doctor is. Trout fish­ing good. Maori name was Tohinu. The Molyneux or Clutha divides here into two branches—known to old Maoris as Kuau and Matau— forming the island. The island was also known as Bloody Jack's Island, because he was born on it and claimed it as his.
INCH-HOLME, Otago. Small farming village. 12 miles from Oamaru and five miles from Maheno railway station. Train to Maheno thence drive (hire). Good fishing in Kakanui River. Hare, rabbit, and duck shooting. Named after a small island in Firth of Forth (Inch being Gaelic for Island) by John Hardy, C.E. Was originally known as The Island, as it was enclosed by four rivers—Kauroo, Serpentine. Kakanui. and Island Stream.' Was named' when the land was divided into road districts. Nearest telegraph Maheno (5 m) and nearest doctor at Herbert (11 m).
INCH VALLEY, Otago. A railway siding, 47 miles from Dunedin, oil the Palmerston-Dunback line. Dunback, three miles distant, is the nearest post office, which see.
INCONSTANT POINT. At entrance to Wellington Harbour. Scene of several wrecks.
INFANTS CREEK. Tributary of New River, near Rutherglen
INGLEWOOD, Taranaki. A prosperous borough town with a population of some 1,187, is 16 miles south-east by rail and 12 ½ miles by road from New Plymouth, and the centre of a large dairying district. There are six butter and dairy factories, creameries, and sawmills. Has a tri-weekly newspaper, bank, and post, telegraph, money order, and savings bank offices. Coaches run to Tarata 12 m, Purangi 24 m. and Kaimata 5 m daily. There is good shooting for quail, hares, and pheasants, and excellent trout fishing near to township. It is a good starting place for tourists to Mount Egmont, as it is only about one hour and three-quarters ride to the mountain house 3,000ft up, and there may be hired: horses at 6s, single buggy 12s 6d, and double buggy 15s to 20s per day. The main road to New Plymouth is good for cyclists, and there are private boarding houses at from 4s to 6s per day, and also in the two hotels, besides a large coffee palace. The railway service is frequent, and express trains run daily between New Plymouth and Wellington, stopping here. Named by the Taranaki Pro­vincial Council. Is well watered, being bounded on the south and east by Kurepete River, while the Waiongona-iti Stream runs through the centre of the borough from south to north. Two resident doctors here.
INGLEWOOD, Southland. A residential settlement near Invercargill, which see.
INGRAM'S HOMESTEAD, Wellington. A farming settlement and post office, 55 miles north-east from Wanganui. Rail to Hunterville, thence weekly coach 44 miles. Wanganui County.
INUMEA. See Kaeo.
INVERCARGILL, Southland. The chief city of the district of Southland, is situated on the Waihopai Estuary, and is one of the finest laid out towns in the colony. The streets are very wide, well paved, and built; and lighted by gas. The water supply—which with the gas, is under the control of the corporation—is obtained from artesian water pumped to the top of a fine water tower, and stored there in a tank, from which most of the houses within the town boundary are supplied. The water tower, which is a very conspicuous land-mark, is a most interesting place to visit, as apart from the expensive pumping machinery and the building, the view from the top on a clear day is very fine, as a bird's-eye view of the surrounding country—which for some miles is very flat—is then obtained. The Public Gardens, which divide the town into the northern and southern portions, are well kept, and during the summer have a very gay and bright appearance, there being a good display of flowers. The Government buildings are on a scale not often seen in a town of the same size. In the central tower there is a clock and chimes of New Zealand make, which adds greatly to the appearance of the building. A town hall and theatre was erected by the municipality, at a cost of about £20,000. and the front, in Tay street, has a fine architectural appearance.
The town is growing steadily, and among the many new buildings erected lately may be mentioned the Girls' High School, the Technical School, Roman Catholic Basilica, new Government offices, theatres, etc. The Bluff (which see) is the chief port. Invercargill is provided with a second harbour for smaller vessels of about 300 tons burthen in the New River (Oreti) Estuary, where there is a jetty with appli­ances for handling and receiving goods within the town boundaries. The previous suburbs of the town—North, South (North Ward of), and East Invercargill, Avenal, Rosedale, and Gladstone—are now amalga­mated with the city, making Invercargill in point of population the fifth town of the Dominion. The suburban area is now the Centre and South Wards of South Invercargill, Grassmere, Waikiwi, Collingwood, Rich­mond Grove, and Clifton. These suburbs are gradually extending owing to the increased prosperity of the inland country, which in turn makes the town busy. Invercargill is a thriving borough town with a popula-i tion (including suburbs) of some 13.000 inhabitants, and is supported by a rich agricultural and pastoral district; also by a large timber trade. Though there are not many excursions in the immediate neighbour­hood, it is of considerable importance to the tourist as being the starting point for the celebrated southern lakes.
'Busses run to most of the suburbs at present, but a system of electric tramways, at a cost of £75,000, has been inaugurated, the fivsV sod being turned by his Excellency Lord Islington in January. 1911. Otatara, a famous holiday resort and a rising suburb, is reached by steam tramway.
The railway runs direct to Kingston, for Queenstown and Lake Waka-tipu, passing Lumsden on the way, where a coach for Manapouri ;ind Ta Anau Lakes leaves on Tuesdays and Fridays. The railway also goes north to Dunedin, that city- being 139 miles distant and five hours' journey.
Stewart Island, which is reached by a run of a few hours across the strait, is easily reached from here, and is described under " Half Moon Bay "—which fee. Visitors who have the leisure to take this trip should not fail to do so. The Waiau stalactite caves are reached by taking train to Otautau (32 miles), and then by driving a distance of about 18 miles.
Invercargill is in the neighbourhood of perhaps the best trout fishing, and pigeon, duck, kaka, pukaki, and rabbit shooting in the Dominion, and all within a few miles of the town, and easily accessible.
The roads are first class for cycling, being well-formed and level for miles throughout the district.
All the banks in the colony have offices here, and 15 insurance companies are represented of offices and agencies. There are some fine churches—all the principal denominations being represented. There is a Boys' and Girls' High School, a Dominican Convent, and a Marist Brothers School, as well as Government and private schools. The Agri­cultural and Pastoral Society hold their annual shows in June and December, and the Horticultural Society in the various seasons. In­vercargill has two private clubs—the Invercargill and the Commercial— as well as many sporting and athletic clubs, including racing, rowing, tennis, cricket, golf, football, bowling, etc. There is a Charitable Aid Board for the indigent poor, and public and private hospitals for the sick. Good private hotels and many boarding houses. No-license is now in force in the town and electoral district.
There are rope and twine, carriage and implement factories, flour and sawmills, fellmongeries, brick and pottery works, iron foundries, breweries, and various industries. Halt' holiday is held on Wednesday, and Saturday is market day, large numbers of country people coming into town on that day. There are two daily papers—one morning and one evening—and lour weeklies in the town. Population 14,159. and with suburbs 16.009.
IRIMAHUWHIRI. Settlement near Brighton, Westland.
IRISHMAN'S CREEK. Tributary of the Opihi, S. Canterbury.
IRISH TOWN. See Thames.
IRON HEAD (588ft). Western head of Akaroa Harbour.
IRON POINT. Southern point of Hicks Bay, with remarkable pillar of rock on summit.
IRONWOOD BUSH. 4 in from Mataura.
IRWELL, Canterbury. 24 miles south by rail from Christchurch ; in Selwyn County, on the Irwell River about two miles from Lake Ellesmere into which river runs. Industries—creamery, flour milling, flounder and herring fishing on lake. Grows wheat and barley ; average bushel wheat 30, barley 50. Duck shooting on lake, hares and rabbits in Selwyn River bed, distant two miles. Trout fishing in the Irwell and Selwyn Rivers, which are all easily accessible. Roads are the finest in Canterbury for cycling. Has no hotels, but there is boarding obtainable at 16s per week. Carrier from Leeston to Christchurch passes through twice weekly. Nearest telephone, Doyleston, 2 miles. Doctor at Leeston, 4 miles.
ISLA BANK, Southland. Half mile from Waimatuku River, 29 miles north-west from Invercargill. Rail to Fairfax, then coach, four miles; or daily coach from Thornbury to Drummond, arriving 12.15 noon, returning 3.15 p.m. Farming. Good fishing in river. Roads fair. Presbyterian church, no hotels, schools and post office. Known formerly as Calcium, and the district as Limestone Plains. Named from its namesake in Scotland by the first settler. Telegraph office.
ISLAND BAY. A favourite seaside resort about four miles south from Wellington, by electric car every 10 minutes; fare, 3d single. Post and telegraph office, stores, refreshments rooms, and private hotel. Roads good for cycling. Large areas of land have been subdivided, and many handsome residences erected. A growing residential suburb. Good fishing off rocks. Good boarding houses, 25s to 30s a week. Rev. Mother Aubert's Home of Compassion here.
ISLAND BAY. Old whaling station near Aka.roa Heads.
ISLAND BLOCK, Otago. 79 miles south-west from Dunedin. Rail to Lawrence, thence coach 21 miles (fare, 8s 6d). A mining settlement; dredge working on river, and two hydraulic gold mining companies, with their employees and half a dozen farmers, consist of settlement. Is an island on the banks of the Molyneux or Clutha River, and was supposed at one time to be the bed of the river. From here to Coal Creek Flat is one of the best fruit growing districts in New Zealand. Post and telephone office.
ISLAND BUSH. 6 m from Riverton.
ISLAND CLIFF, Otago. 23 miles from Oamaru. On Oamaru-Tokarahi line. A farming settlement, with railway siding. Post and telephone office. Ten miles from Windsor Junction.
ISLAND NOOK. In Flea Bay, Banks Peninsula
ISLAY DOWNS. See Morrison's.
ISLESWORTH. near Hinds.
ISLINGTON, Canterbury. A railway siding seven miles from Christchurch. On the Christchurch-Dunedin line. Post, tele­phone, find money order office. Largest freezing works in Dominion are situated here. Plenty of rabbit shooting. Two boarding houses.
ISOLATED HILL. A peak of Southern Alps.
ITALIANS GULLY, near Capleston.
IVALL. near Pahiatua.
IWIROA. 42 miles north-west from Gisborne. Rail to Puha, coach daily to Whatatutu (3s 6d), thence weekly coach (5s). Sheep farming. Mails weekly. Nearest telegraph office. Whatatutu. Nearest doctor Te Karaka, 20 miles.
IWITANA. Estuary of Whangaroa Harbour.